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Old 10-02-2015, 03:24 PM   #1
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Protecting awning from sun and ideas?

I have a brand new RV with a couple of awnings. None have the metal protector, so a part of the awning is constantly exposed to the sun.
The awnings are vinyl by Carefree.
I wonder if I can just use some high quality long life exterior paint that is for vinyl for the 4 or so inches that are continually exposed??
Thoughts or experiences would be appreciated.
Seems easier and cheaper than many of the other solutions.
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Old 10-02-2015, 03:58 PM   #2
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Biggest problem will be UV damage so apply a spray on protectant such as 303 that contains UV protection.
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Old 10-02-2015, 04:22 PM   #3
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I thought the exterior house paint would work for UV as well. The 303 is good, but needs constant reapplying. I was looking for a lazy solution.
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Exterior house paint will not hold up. The movement of the awning during roll up and extension will cause it to crack and flake off. Much better to apply 303 protectant to the exposed portion of the awning. That doesn't chip and flake off. It doesn't take that long to spray it on and will definitely extend the life of the fabric.

Our neighbors at our football campground spray theirs once a month. Theirs continues to look good while others around us who don't do anything have cracked and split to the point where they can't use the awning at all. So I highly recommend taking a little time to save a lot of money down the road.
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Ours came with 8-10 inches of white "rubberized paint". Suggest you contact Carefree or one of the topper mfgs...
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Thanks Hal, I will.
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How long a term solution are you looking for? I've had vinyl awnings in the past and they last 10+ years easily. Those were the old A&E 8500 series, not Carefree, though.
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Old 10-06-2015, 06:00 PM   #8
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My old A+E lasted 11 years, but it would have lasted much longer if only for that 4" area that is ever in the sun. I lathered on Alex caulk to try protect what was left. I only had it on for a year but it seemed to work.
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I contacted Sherwin Williams about their "DurationB. Exterior Acrylic Coating" This is their response:

1. Could the paint it take some flexing when the awning flexed??

Yes, the paint can withstand some mild flexing.

2. Could I use it on an awning that even rolled up??

No.

3. Do I assume that adhesion to a vinyl awning would be OK?

Yes. This paint would adhere to a hard vinyl surface.

I.E. It looks like this would be good to protect the awning from sun.
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Just throwing an idea out there. Could you apply awning repair tape to the exposed area and let IT take the hit instead of your awning material?
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The tape is what many have tried, ie Eternabond. It lasted one year for me.
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